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OFT (Office of Fair Trading) new approach to Director disqualifications

On 29th June, the Office of Fair Trading set out its new guidance on Director disqualification orders for breach of the competition rules. Peter Carey a partner in Sedgwick Legal and currently President of the Rochdale Chamber of Commerce and Board member of...

The Emergency Budget

The emergency budget will have far reaching implications for private and business clients alike. Many of our private clients are directly affected by the recent emergency budget. Apart from the increase from next year of VAT to 20% from 17.5%, major changes...

Thinking of going on holiday?

Before you book your next holiday, just consider this, suggests Roger Dennerly our Personal Injury Partner. Many of us have been tempted by cheap flights to arrange our own holidays and book flights and accommodation ourselves. We then congratulate...

Reasons to Make A Will: Law on Intestacy

From 1 February 2009 new intestacy rules apply. In law “Intestacy” deals with means who inherits if you leave no will. In short, if you do not leave a will the law decides. However, the way the law operates when you do not leave a will, can...

Forming Contracts: The Battle of the Forms - Tekdata

At the end of 2009 the Court of Appeal had to look at a legal issue which arises very frequently in practice – whether a seller’s or a buyer’s contract terms apply. This is known as the “battle of the forms”. Peter Carey a...

New Year Resolution 2010 - Note To Self: Sort Out My Legal Affairs

How is your personal legal housekeeping? A new year is a good time to make some legal resolutions. Make your will. Ensure property is in the right names. Even consider a pre or post pre-nuptial agreement. Enter into contracts with business partnership and...

When Employees Lose Time Due To Snow

With snow and ice already covering much of the UK and weather reports suggesting that the snowstorms are moving south, the TUC has issued advice for workers and their employers on what to do when the weather takes a turn for the worse. While workers should...

Fire Risk Assessment: How Good Is Your Fire Risk Assessment?

As local fire services continue their round of property inspections, John Sowerbutts of JMS Risk Solutions Ltd asks: “How Good Is Your Fire Risk Assessment?” It may have been noticed that initially, following introduction of certain fire and...

Landlords and Fire Safety Issues

As we move through autumn and on to winter, the weather cools and the night draw in, there are hidden dangers appraoching for Landlords. Peter Carey, Partner at Sedgwick Legal says: "Landlords should act now to review their fire safety procedures, fire...

Buying and Selling Property

If you are considering buying a property, do consider recent changes in the law in this area. For those buying a commercial lease a recent case of landlord who informed a tenant he intended to redevelop a property and then later changed his mind was liable...

All Change For Company Law - Companies Act 2006 Now Fully In Force

1 October 2009 was the final D-Day for changes in Company law under the Companies Act 2006, the largest statute in English legal history. Peter Carey, Commercial Law Partner at Sedgwick Legal says:- “Although it has been a long time coming many...

New Employment Law Changes at 1st October 2009

Employment law is constantly changing with 1st October 2009 bringing in the latest changes. Roger Dennerly, Employment Law Partner at Sedgwick Legal says: "It is a good time of year to for employers to check they are compliant with employment law. We...

Mulitple Employment Law Changes:Minimum Wage, New Rules and Tips

From 1st October employers face a raft of new legislation and legal changes which will catch out the unprepared. New rules affect various ares of emploer's legal duties. From 1st October employers must not include tips in calculating if an employee is paid...

Construction Contracts and Staff

A recent High Court decision held it was illegal not to tell a potential customer that a key employee had handed in his notice and would not be working on the project for 2 of the 3 years of its life. Fitzroy Robinson are architects and they assigned Jeremy...

Sedgwick Legal Announces Employment Protection Service

In difficult economic times and to help local businesses minimise the potential for employment disputes and their consequences Sedgwick Legal is offering a new Employment Protection service. A raft of employment legislation, increased employee awareness of...

Swine flu - The Law

Lawyers are finding an increase in requests for legal advice about the implications of the swine flu pandemic. Do you know your legal position? On 6 August the Daily Telegraph reported that "we're a nation of skivers". The report highlighted the...

Internet Selling, Import - Export of Goods and EU Law

Do you export or import goods via your web-site? If so the new draft EU block exemption regulations and guidance issued at the end of July 2009 may be of interest. Most distribution agreements in the EU are drafted with an eye to the EU regulation in this...

You're worth it

In a ground breaking decision in June the courts held that if goods are packaged like other goods then, even if no consumers are confused into thinking the goods are those of the rival company, a claim for breach of trade marks can be made. L’Oreal...

Selling your business

Many businesses are restructuring in the recession. Some are picking up cheap assets when competitors go under but still need to be careful to carry out proper due diligence. Peter Carey a partner in Sedgwick Legal and current President of the Rochdale...

Pregnant at work

Those wondering what their rights are if they become pregnant at work should take note of new guidance from BERR. BERR, part of the government's Department for Business Innovation and Skill has updated guidance on these matters. Roger Dennerly a partner at...
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